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SIM has a rich history of founders who journeyed to difficult places to share the Gospel. Landing in Africa, Asia, and South America, these pioneers formed missions committed to reaching people who had never known the love of Christ. A union of several organizations founded over 100 years ago, SIM works today with the same passion as its founders.
 

Missions in Africa

The South African General Mission (SAGM) was founded by Martha Osborn, Spencer Walton, and Andrew Murray in 1889. Murray, a well-known author who founded a university and a seminary, always considered missions "the chief end of the church." After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because their ministry had spread into other African countries, they changed their name to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965.

Soudan Interior Mission (SIM) began in 1893. Canadians Walter Gowans, Roland Bingham, and American Thomas Kent had a vision to evangelize the 60 million unreached people of sub-Saharan Africa. Unable to interest established missions—most of which said reaching the Soudan was impossible—the three set out alone. Malaria overtook all three. Gowans and Kent died of the fever in 1894, and Bingham returned to Canada. On his second attempt, he caught malaria again and was forced to go back home. Unable to return to Africa, Bingham sent out a third team. They successfully established a base 500 miles inland at Patigi in 1902. From there, the work of SIM began in Africa.
 

Missions in Asia

In 1892, the Ceylon and India General Mission (CIGM) was founded. A year later, they began work among Ceylon's Singhalese Buddhists and Tamil Hindus. The mission founded by Scottish businessman Benjamin Davidson expanded from Ceylon into South India. Eventually CIGM's ministry reached across the subcontinent and to the Philippines.

Also in 1893, Charles F. Reeve and E.W. McGavin left their homes in Australia for India. They were influenced by a Eurasian Christian who went to Australia in search of missionaries for his home area and by J. Hudson Taylor. Reeve and McGavin answered the challenge and set sail under the name Poona and Indian Village Mission (PIVM).

In 1968, these two India/Asian organizations merged to become the International Christian Fellowship (ICF).

 

Missions in South America

In 1893 British Keswick evangelists visited South America and published a report called South America: The Neglected Continent. New Zealanders George Allen and Mary Stirling read it and felt God calling them. In 1907, they founded the Bolivian Indian Mission (BIM). The newly-weds sailed to Bolivia two years later to minister to the Quechua Indians. Allan's BIM grew in the years that followed to become the Andes Evangelical Mission (AEM) in 1965.

 

Missions in middle east

MECO (Middle East Christian Outreach) is a team of people who share God’s heart for the Middle East. Their service dates back to 1860. The Middle East has always played a crucial part in human history. Christianity spread from here to the world. While 90% of the population know little of Jesus as revealed in the Gospel, many are asking questions. This is a time of significant opportunity. 

 

Serving in Mission Together

In the 1980s, AEM, ICF, and SIM joined forces to become SIM, which then stood for the "Society for International Ministries." AEF joined with SIM in 1998. In 2000, SIM adopted the trade name (or slogan) "Serving In Mission," for English-speaking countries, but our official name around the world today is simply SIM. In 2015, MECO joined SIM.

 

SIM East Asia  SIM

SIM East Asia was founded in 1980 in Singapore and its first missionaries were Singaporeans Dr Andrew and Belinda Ng. Originally under the governance of SIM Australia, SIM East Asia became an independent entity in 1992 and has seen marked growth since that time. From the humble beginnings with one family, SIM East Asia now has more than 170 missionaries from eight countries, serving in 17 countries worldwide and is a growing contributor to world mission. By 2021, the SIM East Asia office hopes to have 280 active missionaries in the field.

SIM 拥有一个丰富的历史。她的多位创办人到多个非常困难的地方传福音,从非洲开始,一直到亚洲和南美洲,这些前锋者委身到那些没有听闻福音的未得之民当中分享基督的爱。在过去的一百年间,几个机构的合并成为现今的 SIM 国际事工差会。今日 SIM 也拥有和创办人同样的热诚来宣教,为要履行耶稣基督的大使命。
 

非洲的宣教事工

南非事工差会是由奥玛沙、沃尔顿和慕安德烈在1889年创立。慕安德烈是一位著名作家,她开设了大学和神学院,常常把宣教定为【教会的终极目标】。奥玛莎与豪乔治结婚后,于1891年成立了东南非洲事工差会。1894年,他们的事工也在其他非洲国家同时进行,因此南非事工差会与东南非洲事工差会合并,並在1965年改名为非洲福音使团。

1893年苏丹内地会成立。加拿大人高文、宾罕和美国人肯多马有一个异象,要向在非洲撒哈拉南部的六千万人传福音。他们无法说服其他差会支持他们,因为所有的差会都认为到苏丹内地是一个无法完成的任务,因此他们在没有支持之下单独出发。他们三个人受到疟疾侵袭,高文和肯多马在1894年离世,宾罕回到加拿大。在他第二次出访时,他再一次受到疟疾的侵袭以致需要撤回。由于无法再回到非洲,于是第三次他透过差派访宣队的方法进入苏丹内地,最终在1902年成功地在内地五百里之处的巴地基开了一个据点;从那时候 SIM 就开始了在非洲的事工。
 

亚洲的宣教事工

1892年,锡兰和印度宣教差会成立。一年之后,他们开始在锡兰僧伽罗佛教徒和淡米尔的兴都教当中服侍。差会发起人是苏格兰生意人戴本杰明,事工的发展从锡兰直到印度南部。最终锡兰和印度差会的事工横跨印度次大陆直到菲律宾。

1893年,里查尔斯和麦基文离开他们在澳洲的家前往印度,因为他们受到一位前来澳洲寻找宣教士,要求前往他的家乡传教的欧亚籍基督徒的影响。里查尔斯和麦基文接受挑战并在潘拿及印度乡村差会的安排下前往印度宣教。

1968年,上述两间差会合并加入国际基督徒团契
 

南美洲的宣教事工

1893年,英国凯瑟克布道家到南美洲并公布一份报告叫做【南美洲:被忽略的大陆】。新西兰艾乔治和斯特玛丽读到这篇文章,觉得上帝在呼召他们。1907年,他们成立了玻利维亚印第安差会。这对新人坐船到玻利维亚,两年后向讲盖丘亚语的印第安人传福音。后在1965年玻利维亚印第安差会在成长过程中,渐渐发展成为安底斯福音差会
 

中东地区的宣教事工

中东差传协会是一个在中东地区分享上帝福音的团队,成立于1860年。中东在人类历史上一直扮演着至关重要的角色,基督教从这里传播到世界各处。虽然百分之九十的中东人对《福音书》中所揭示的耶稣知之甚少,但现在有许多人都在询问相关问题;所以这是一个最好的宣教时机。
 

合并成为SIM国际事工差会 

在1980年代,安底斯福音差会国际基督徒团契苏丹内地差会合并成为 SIM 国际事工差会。1998年非洲福音团契加入 SIM。2000年 SIM 的英译为【Serving in Mission】简称为 SIM。2015年,再有中东差传协会加入 SIM。
 

SIM国际事工差会东亚区

SIM 国际事工差会东亚区于1980年成立,差派的第一对宣教士夫妇是黄景青医生和林珍珠姐妹。当时 SIM 东亚区是附属於澳洲SIM,后于1992年自立。从那时候开始得到迅速的成长,现在已经拥有来自八个不同国家的170名隶属于东亚区的在籍宣教士,在十七个国家和地区宣教并且影响显著。SIM东亚区期盼能在2021年增加宣教士总人数至280人。